Recorded meditations are revolutionary, introducing the potent practice to throngs of people who would otherwise not know its tremendous benefit. I love recording and sharing my own on Spotify. My kids listen to them to down regulate. My husband uses them to lull himself back to sleep at 3AM. In summary, this is not a knock on app-based meditation, and power to you if you’ve established a routine. Rather, this is a next-step guide for those who want to expand their meditation practice with technology-free, accessible, time-proven techniques.
Have you ever been away from your cell phone for longer than five minutes? The silence and the lack of distraction force you to be with yourself and your surroundings. It’s presence. If we’re not present with life, are we really living it? I am convinced much of yoga’s modern-day benefits accrue from the cell phone-free mat zone. And it’s the same with meditation. We are not historically designed to be around a distraction machine 24/7. So leave your magic rectangular box in the other room (or turn it off altogether). Make yourself extremely comfortable with a bolster, blanket, creating a nest to indulge inside. Then, let’s try these meditation techniques I deem suitable and enjoyable for those practicing on their own for the first time.
You may wonder, “How am I to keep track of time without technology?”. You will learn. I’ve realized through practice that my breathing rate means 50 breaths equals about 10 minutes. After years of trying to meditate at least 10 minutes a day, I can now sense the time even without counting breaths. Let it be trial and error. See what you think 10 minutes is. If you check your watch and it’s only been five minutes, drop back into meditation and guess again. Overtime, your body and mind’s response to the meditation will let you know where your sweet spot lies.
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Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life.
Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.
Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters.
Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.
Did you know that we validate parking for TWO garages?!
For the Two Light garage, please bring your ticket inside for validation. For the Power & Light garage, please ask for a parking pass at the front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)
If you find that you are running a little late, please call the studio to let the instructor know to keep an eye out for you.
We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:
Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.
Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).
Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.
Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!
The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!
This option is valid once per day per license plate.
There is a paved lot and gravel lot on the West side of the building.
Meters on Court and 4th (by Peace Tree) for $0.25/hour, 9am-9pm Mon. – Sat. 12-hour max
Meters on 4th (to the North) for $1.25/hour. Mon – Sat. 4-hour max.
All meters are free on Sundays and major holidays.